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Ladies In Lavender

2

There's nothing like a dame, so lucky for Charles Dance, he has not one but two of them to lend a little life to his dry directorial debut.

In '30s Cornwall, spinster siblings Judi Dench and Maggie Smith nurture and nurse a young Pole (Daniel Brühl) they find washed up on the beach. It turns out that the lad is actually a violin prodigy whose talent is a joy to the sisters. But maybe it's not just his music they're hot for...

Smitten with her house guest from the get-go, Dench carries off a poignant study of autumn-years yearning. Smith, too, is on extremely good form, juggling warmth with wit as the older sis. But the problem is that it all feels a bit faux Merchant Ivory, and neither star can overcome the stiff, starchy rhythm of Dance's direction and script. A shame, too, that Brühl doesn't recapture the boyish charm of his Good Bye Lenin! turn, which makes the audience wonder exactly what it is that the old girls see in him.

Film Details

  • 12A
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: November 12th 2004

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